Editing images - Paint

Introduction

This document discusses finding images, then resizing and cropping them to suit the needs of the eCreator templates.

  

Tools

Image editing software

This guide introduces how to use the image editing software ‘Paint'.

 

Image Library Websites

We generally use http://www.bigstockphoto.com/ as, based on the volume of images we need, it’s the most cost effective.

However, if you can’t find what you need there, we also recommend:

http://www.istockphoto.com/

http://www.shutterstock.com/

http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/

Finding Images

Step 1: Search for the image(s) required e.g. ‘burglar’:


Step 2: Select the image required from the list: 


Step 3: Select the image size required (normally a maximum width of 1000px):


Step 4: Download the image(s) to a location where library images are normally saved – on the computer or a shared server.

Re-sizing images – example

Example

You want to place an image into the flash cards template:


What is the image size?

When you need to upload an image to an eCreator template, it will tell you the dimensions the image needs to be and the format:


Open the image

Step 1: Open the image you want to re-size by selecting the blue icon top left > Open…and choosing the image you wish to edit:



You’ll see the image as below:


Resize the image

Step 2: Select Resize…


…which will open the Resize options box:

 


Select the pixels radio button

 

You can then decide whether to change the width or height of your image.

A rough guide is:

 If the image size is landscape change the width

If the image size is portrait change the height

Maintain the aspect ratio, so your image isn’t squashed

Select OK and you’ll see the image has been resized

Crop the image

Step 3: Select the Select icon … which changes the cursor.


You can then draw the box to the size you’d like your image:


Step 4: The image width need is 225px and the height needed is 280px. You can check what size you are ‘drawing’ by viewing the dimensions at the bottom of the screen as you ‘draw’.


Step 5: To crop the image, select Crop:


You will then see your cropped image:


Save the image

Step 6: Select the blue icon top left > Save as and then select the correct format…


If you are unsure, the format is given with the dimension information: 


Step 6: Type the name of the file, choose where to save it and then select Save: 


You now have your image to use within your eCreator page.

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